11 votes Biggest factory shutdown since World War II hits US and Europe Posted March 19, 2020 by skybrian Tags: business, coronaviruses.covid19, automotive, usa, europe, factories, manufacturing, lockdown, paywall.soft https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-19/biggest-factory-shutdown-since-ww-ii-sweeps-through-u-s-europe 2 comments Collapse replies Expand all Comments sorted by most votes newest first order posted relevance OK pocketry March 19, 2020 Link My customers are those parts suppliers. It's going to be a rough year. I think I'll be able to stick around because I've been here long enough and can do many different roles, but it would not... My customers are those parts suppliers. It's going to be a rough year. I think I'll be able to stick around because I've been here long enough and can do many different roles, but it would not surprise me to see a pay cut. 3 votes skybrian (OP) March 19, 2020 Link From the article: [...] From the article: The economic impact of the growing coronavirus outbreak is shifting from service-driven industries like hotels and restaurants to the manufacturing sector on both sides of the Atlantic, leading to a synchronized shutdown of heavy industry that historians and industry experts say is unlike any seen since the 1940s. [...] Also affected are carmakers’ vast supplier networks, already shaky as a result of the shutdown in China. Ford had been forced to shut a plant in Chicago because a seating supplier halted output to clean after a worker tested positive for the virus. At a Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, managers have warned that the shutdown in Europe may force production to stop soon because of a lack of parts.